After months of preparation, the Italian-American community of Iowa is thrilled to welcome all of you to the fourth annual Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa!   Every year our festival gets bigger and better. This year, we return to the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines. With more space than ever before, we have added addit...

Italy-based Building Energy, a multinational company operating as Global Integrated IPP in the renewables industry, is building its first wind energy project, located north of Des Moines, Iowa. The company has begun the second phase of construction for the 30 MW, $55 million project, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, accord...

By Karla Walsh On a recent Wednesday, stuff on one of the coldest nights of the year, I scurried into Cosi Cucina for my second visit to the Italian Clive restaurant. From the warm greeting at the door and the bright wood-fired grill behind the bar, to the crackling fireplace and the promptly-delivered fresh rolls, I wanted to suggest to our frien...

David Marker, the director of the feature-length film Zampogna: The Soul of Southern Italy, will be at this year's Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa to demonstrate the zampogna and other traditional Italian musical instruments.   Marker, a 2009 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, spent five weeks with h...

The Upper Midwest As immigrants from the different regions of Italy settled throughout the various regions of the United States, many brought with them a distinct regional Italian culinary tradition. Many of these foods and recipes developed into new favorites for the townspeople and later for Americans nationwide.   Detroit The growth of...

by Josh Nguyen   Italian-American Heritage will celebrate its sixth annual festival even bigger this year. "Come on down, everyone is Italian this weekend," said Darren Marasco, chairman of the Italian -American Heritage Festival. The festival will once again will be held at Western Gateway park this year and they have expanded. &...

It seems like this spring and summer, I've been crushing on the new +39 Restaurant, Market & Cantina, the Italian restaurant that opened across from the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in April. Maybe it's the Italian accent that makes my heart beat a little faster.   My crush started innocently enough with a night of gelato...

by Michael Morain   Well, it's "arrivederci" for Cafe di Scala. After 10 years, the popular Sherman Hill restaurant will serve its final course on New Year's Eve. But don't worry, diners: It will reopen Jan. 1 as Aposto, with the same team out front and back in the kitchen. Under owner Tony Lemmo and chef Phil Shires' new plan...

by Patt Johnson   Restaurateur Bruce Gerleman is adding an Italian eatery to his list of restaurants in the Des Moines metro. By year's end, Gerleman expects to open Jethroni Pepperoni, a casual Italian restaurant that will be located in the former Pizza Hut on Adventureland Drive in Altoona.   "There will be no barbecue at this...

The Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa is proud to announce that Franco Corso will headline this year's entertainment lineup, backed by a full 9-piece orchestra. With a voice that melts hearts and instills passion, Franco Corso, The Voice of Romance, is the newest Italian singing sensation in America. His distinctive and powerful baritone...